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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - “Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music.” (― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky used music as an escape, crafting wondrous melodies to entice the heart and mind out of its worldly miseries and into the land where musical delight reigned supreme. His life lay troubled, and music became his refuge. As a result, he spent copious time dedicated to developing his musical talent and composed the worlds of fantastic delights in which, as he states, he truly lived. His wildly prolific music graced the ears and eyes of many, drawn into his finely-crafted masterpieces of Russia lore....   [tags: Tchaikovsky Essays]
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Biography of Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky - Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7th of 1840 to a prominent family; he was one of 7 children. He had a love for music at an early age, yet his parents wanted him to find a profession that would afford him both a livelihood and social status. Because of this, Tchaikovsky was sent away to school at the age of ten. Around this age his mother passed away, leaving him extremely distressed and confused. He struggled to cope with her loss and is said to have viewed this as one of the most difficult and disturbing periods of his life....   [tags: music, technical composition] 861 words
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The Nutcracker by Peter Tchaikovsky - Through hundreds of productions of The Nutcracker, that have thrilled several crowds, audiences have experienced the fear from oversized mice and the thrill of the Land of Sweets. Written by Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is danced around Christmas annually. The Nutcracker was inspired by and based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s novel, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (“The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet”). A girl named Clara receives a nutcracker as a Christmas present who comes to life to fight the Mouse King....   [tags: mouse king, large mice, nutcracker]
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1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky I grew up in a household where classical music was an everyday occurrence. My father would sit down possible suitors and grill them about who the composer was, the era in which the piece was written and any other odd and obscure fact my father could come up with to completely embarrass the young man. It was also my father’s love of classical music that helped me to pursue playing the flute. I learned to play in fifth grade and continue to play even today. One of the things I have been very talented at doing is taking a piece of music and picking out the tune without sheet music....   [tags: Music Analysis ]
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A Brief Biography of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Pyotr “Peter” Ilyich Tchaikovsky was one of the greatest and popular Russian composers of all time. Even though he died very mysteriously at the age of 53. His musical talent was so stellar, which led him to composing numerous symphonies, chamber compositions, vocal compositions, and dramatic works. With great musical ability comes great struggles within his personal life, much like other composers. Depression and love affairs were a constant struggle, but his music helped overcome those issues....   [tags: great popular Russian composers]
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) was a revolutionary Russian composer whose compositions forever changed the musical world. The son of a common mining engineer, Tchaikovsky grew to become one of the most influential composers in history. He was a professor of music theory and harmony at one of Russia’s most esteemed music conservatories and toured around the United States and Western Europe. He wrote eleven operas, six symphonies, four concertos, three ballets, three string quartets, and numerous other works in a relatively short time of only thirty years of active composition (“Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky”)....   [tags: Music]
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Great Music Composer: Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky - Pyotr ilich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Viatka Province; its located 600 miles from Moscow. He was the second child of Ilia Petrovich Tchaikovsky, and Aleksandra Andrevievna Tchaikovsky. Pyotr had two sisters and four brothers; he was only close to two of his siblings Aleksandra, and the twins Modest, and Anatolii. Tchaikovsky was very impressionable growing up, and with his very emotional surroundings made him to the person he grew up to be. His interests in music were supported by his parents and he was given piano lessons at the age of five....   [tags: St. Petersburg conservatory] 618 words
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Tchaikovsky - Tchaikovsky ATchaikovsky=s music is not only one of the cornerstones of Russian musical society and world music . . . It is at the same time a creative and technical encyclopedia to which every Russian composer has reference in the course of his own work,@ commented Dimitri Shostakovich.1 This was a typical view held by Tchaikovsky=s contemporaries. He was well known and well respected, especially in his later years. In addition, Tchaikovsky was recognized as the most expressive Romantic composer in Russia.2 He was often idolized and put on a pedestal, particularly during his tour of the United States in 1891 when he conducted concerts of his own works in some of the leading concert hall...   [tags: Papers] 1428 words
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Concert Review and Bio: Tchaikovsky - Classical Concert Who likes classical music anyway. That is a question that you may have found me asking a few months ago. As I have listened to the music in class and on my CD that came with the text book, I have noticed that I am growing a little bit more fond of this style of music. I had never really given it a chance until I started attending my younger sister’s concerts and really paying attention to the music. I have realized that classical music isn’t half bad. modern rock is still the music for me, but I have really learned to like and respect classical music over the last few months....   [tags: essays research papers] 895 words
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Analysis of The Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky - 'It seems to me, my dear friend, that the music of this ballet will be one of my best creations. The subject is so poetic, so grateful for music, that 1 have worked on it with enthusiasm and written it with the warmth and enthusiasm upon which the worth of a composition always depends." - Tchaikovsky, to Nadia von Meck. The Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky is another ballet that is based on a fairy tale, and was first presented to the Tsar of Russia. It tells the story of Princess Aurora, King Florestan's daughter....   [tags: Music] 573 words
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky , composer - “ A Great Composer” Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840. When Peter was born his family lived on a small estate in Votkinsk, a town near the Ural Mountains in central Russia. His father was French but his mother was Russian. She played the piano, and little Peter soon imitated her. His father had moved to Moscow when he was eight years old. When he later moved to Moscow , he attended the school of Jurisprudence. Sadly, Peter’s mother died in the summer of 1854 of cholera....   [tags: essays research papers] 362 words
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Analysis of Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' - Tchaikovsky is one of the most popular of all composers. The reasons are several and understandable. His music is extremely tuneful, opulently and colourfully scored, and filled with emotional passion. Undoubtedly the emotional temperature of the music reflected the composer's nature. He was afflicted by both repressed homosexuality and by the tendency to extreme fluctuations between ecstasy and depression. Tchaikovsky was neurotic and deeply sensitive, and his life was often painful, but through the agony shone a genius that created some of the most beautiful of all romantic melodies....   [tags: Music Ballet] 1503 words
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Peter Tchaikovsky - The Life of Peter Tchaikovsky Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, also spelled Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was born in Votkinsk, in the city of Vyatka, Russia, May 7, 1840. Second in a family of five sons and one daughter, to whom he was extremely devoted. Once in his early teens when he was in school at St. Petersburg and his mother started to drive to another city, he had to be held back while she got into the carriage, and the moment he was free ran and tried to hold the wheels. There is an anecdote of Tchaikovsky's earliest years that gives us a clue to the paradox of his personality....   [tags: essays research papers] 2551 words
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is the author of six symphonies and the finest and most popular operas in the Russian repertory. Tchaikovsky was also one of the founders of the school of Russian music. He was a brilliant composer with a creative imagination that helped his career throughout many years. He was completely attached to his art. His life and art were inseparably woven together. "I literally cannot live without working," Tchaikovsky once wrote, "for as soon as one piece of work is finished and one would wish to relax, I desire to tackle some new work without delay." The purpose of this paper is to give you a background concerning Tchaikovsky's biography, as w...   [tags: Papers] 1251 words
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Musical Piece, Romeo and Juliet Overture: Love Theme by Tchaikovsky - The infamous story of Romeo and Juliet has been replicated in many mediums. Tchaikovsky created his own version of Romeo and Juliet in his music piece entitled Romeo and Juliet Overture: Love Theme. Tchaikovsky chose to divide his piece into different sections representing parts of the play. This beautiful piece provides an accurate representation of Romeo and Juliet in a different medium because of Tchaikovsky’s dynamics, his choice of instruments, and the sound of the music. Tchaikovsky’s first movement within the play represents when Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time....   [tags: movement, instruments, turmoil]
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Analysis of Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" - Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet The slow introduction, which is the theme of Friar Lawrence, begins with a slow minor melody played by the clarinets, which imitates a Russian hymn. The strings then take over the melody and use suspensions. There is a modulation to the major and the strings and woodwind play together. The music modulates back to minor and the flute plays an ascending minor arpeggio whilst the harp plays glissandos. This is repeated. Pizzicato strings then play a descending sequence whilst the flute melody crescendos and accelerates....   [tags: Music] 607 words
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Symphony No. 4 in F Minor by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4 in F Minor by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky CHAPTER 1 BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION 1 CHAPTER 2 SYMPHONY IN F MINOR: PERSONAL LISTENING 4 CHAPTER 3 SYMPHONY IN F MINOR: GENERAL INFO AND DISCUSSION 6 FIRST MOVEMENT 6 SECOND MOVEMENT 7 THIRD MOVEMENT 8 FOURTH MOVEMENT 8 OVERALL EFFECT 9 WORKS CITED 11 CHAPTER BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, the Viatka District in Russia on May 7, 1840 to a Russian miner and a mother of French origin. During his early life, Tchaikovsky did receive some musical training from a French governess in the form of piano lessons, but the training did not continue....   [tags: Papers] 2610 words
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A Brief History of the Dumka Form: Folk Music of Ukraine - Exploring the Dumka—Tchaikovsky’s Dumka Op. 59 and Beyond A Brief History of the Dumka Form The dumka may have reached its height of popularity in 19th century Romantic music, but the origins of the form lie not in the beloved chamber of music of Dvořák —a composer enamored with the dumka—but in the countryside and villages of Eastern Slavic countries. The dumka is a form common in the folk music of Ukraine, Poland, and Bohemia. In Ukrainian, the verb “dumati” means to think, and “to ponder” in Polish and Czech, is translated as “dumać” and “dumat,” respectively....   [tags: romantic music, greek] 1335 words
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Van Cliburn, an Ambassador of Musical Diplomacy - ... “I always threatened [my mother] with [quitting piano] whenever she tried to give me away to another teacher” , Cliburn claimed. He had only agreed to be taught by a new teacher if it were Olga Samaroff. Ms. Samaroff had offered Cliburn the scholarship to attend the Julliard School, and she intended to teach him there; however, she died shortly before his arrival. Despite his rough start, at Julliard, Cliburn was extremely successful. In his third year, he participated in the Leventritt competition, winning first prize, allowing him to debut in Carnegie Hall....   [tags: musical ingenuity, cold war] 1645 words
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The History of the Nutcracker Ballet - The History of The Nutcracker Ballet When we think about The Nutcracker today, we see a memorable story about a girl (Marie) receiving a magical gift at a Christmas party from her mysterious Uncle Dosselmeyer. The gift is a nutcracker. Later that night, the nutcracker ends up turning into a Prince after defeating the Mouse King and saves Marie. Then, he takes Marie to a land called The Kingdom of Sweets where she is greeted by the Sugarplum fairy. This story is one of the most recognized ballets across the globe....   [tags: essays research papers] 687 words
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Russian Composers - Russian composers are often mentioned in history as the most influential in the world. With style unlike any other, Russians are able to capture mood through a unique ability to capture exactly what they feel. Exactly how the Russians are able to do this is unknown, though through this, the greatest composers have turned out to be Russian. Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich are all able to write and portray the most detailed feelings and moods, and it is to them that we owe the advancement of all music....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Russian Art, Music and Literature - Russian Art, Music and Literature The Arts play a large role in the expression of inner thoughts and beauty in life. From dance and music to art the concept of life is shown through the various ways in which we interpret it. The arts play a valued role in creating cultures and developing and documenting civilizations. Russia has been developing the its culture for as long as anybody could think. Nowadays, Russian painters and musicians are quickly becoming well known among each and every one around the world....   [tags: Essays Papers] 858 words
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How Poets Reveal their Ideas and Feelings about Other Cultures - Culture. What is culture. People think of culture in different ways but it is the culture inside them which makes them unique. Culture is what gives a person their very own identity. This diversity is what makes everybody different. There are two sides to culture. On one side it unites and unifies people but on the other it separates and deviates people. Many poets have explored these issues. Poets like John Agard in Half-Caste explore on how cultured separated him from other children whilst in his child hood....   [tags: poetry, culture,] 908 words
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Music's Effects During the Cold War Era - Jazz was an instrument of global diplomacy and so were other types of music. This helped during the Cold War era. But exactly, how did music affect America in the Cold War era. Many musicians helped with global diplomacy using music, mainly jazz. Such as Van Cliburn, who was an American pianist. He traveled to the Soviet Union, to perform songs that promoted America in the diplomacy. Music was played all over the European countries to show cultural diplomacy from America. Songs were sung by The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, the Smiths, and much more....   [tags: diplomacy, jazz, politics] 921 words
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History of Ballet - The History of Ballet The first experience of watching a ballet, for me or any little girl, can be fascinating and exhilarating. Wondering how a dancer can be so steady on her toes as she spins in circles and leaps through the air. Watching a ballet, there is a feeling of wanting to be graceful, as well as the warm sensation felt by a little girl as she slips into dream land. My mom had taken me to my first ballet when I was 11 years old. When we returned home home, she signed me up for classes at the local dance center....   [tags: essays research papers] 1090 words
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The Trill of Playing Under the Lights - Throughout time people have listened to music, whether it was around a camp fire singing a traditional song, listening to Christmas music, or even singing Christmas carols on Christmas Day for the neighborhood to listen to. One instance comes to mind that brings over fifty thousand people each year to one location, and over a million watching live in local theaters. This is where over fifty groups from all over the world have performed all summer long, trained day on and day off over 16 hours a day in blazing hot weather, and come together one final day to put everything that they learned together for one final event called Drum Corps International World Championships....   [tags: Music] 618 words
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A Short List of Activities at Diseneyland - * Holiday Time Tour: This tour is an annual favorite among visitors. Wal through the park and hear Disnyland holiday traditions and tales from around the world. Guests will be able to ride the seasonal attractions such as the Small World Holiday. There will also be special seating for a Christmas Fantasy Parade and a collectible pin. It is possible to make same-day bookings on a walkup basis but it is best to make advanced reservations through th e Disney phone line at (714)7810TOUR. Hurry and make arrangements now....   [tags: family tours] 553 words
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The Modern Perceptions of Classical Music - ... Before this, classical music was the popular music; going to the symphony was a common activity among both the upper and middle class. One could argue that modern popular music is simply a revolution of classical music; for classical music has split into different genres over the centuries. The difference that many people do not realize is that classical music is still being composed and performed. Contemporary composers are still writing for the traditional symphony orchestra, concert band, and grand chorus; using the style of traditional music as well as new and interesting melodic themes....   [tags: performance, symphony, popular] 566 words
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How Music Works - How Music Works The way in which music affects the human organism is complex. Attempts to explain the relationship between the organized sound which we call music and our responses to it fall into two broad classes, heteronomist theories and autonomist theories, although the boundaries between the two may be by no means watertight. That music causes a response in humans is undeniable, but does it do so by some form of direct appeal to our inner selves, our emotional sides, as the proponents of heteronomist theories argue, or, does it do so, as the autonomist argues, by virtue of some intrinsic property that it has within itself that is peculiar to music....   [tags: Music Musical Essays]
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Comparative essay between two poems namely, Half - Caste by John - Comparative essay between two poems namely, Half - Caste by John Agard and Unrelated Incidents by Tom Leonard. John Agard and Unrelated Incidents by Tom Leonard. You can clearly see before you begin to read these poems that they are set out differently to your average poem. For example in Unrelated Incidents that there are no more than four words per poem. The punctuation in Unrelated Incidents is based on the phanetic way of spelling, this means that you spell the way speak and pronounce words....   [tags: English Literature] 962 words
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Humor and Anger in the Poems of Tom Leonard - Humor and Anger in the Poems of Tom Leonard John Agard's poem develops a simple idea which is found in a familiar term. Half-caste as a term for mixed race is now rare. The term comes from India, where people are rigidly divided into groups (called castes) which are not allowed to mix, and where the lowest caste is considered untouchable. At the start of the poem John Agard uses the phrase, "Excuse me". He is trying to seem polite so that he can get into the conversation and then get his point across....   [tags: Papers] 1029 words
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Comparing Dantikat's A Wall of Fire Rising and Moore's V for Vendetta - Imagine a world where civil liberties have been stripped away, a bare façade of civilization left behind. This is a world that is inhabited by people who were once free-willed and strong-minded. These people have become weak and obedient, easily bent to the will of their oppressive government. The world that these words have conjured up in your mind is the same existence that the characters occupy in Edwidge Danticat’s “A Wall of Fire Rising” and Alan Moore’s “V” for Vendetta. Danticat’s story is about a small family living in present-day Haiti with their small, ambitious son....   [tags: film analysis, cinematography]
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Musical Prodigy of the 18th Century - When applause erupts for an orchestra in a concert hall, the audience is usually enveloped in admiration for the musicians’ talent. However, the composer of the music rarely receives recognition even though he is the actual mastermind behind the beautiful music. One of the most influential composers of the 18th century was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart was born to Leopold and Anna Maria on January 27, 1956 in Salzburg, Austria. Historical records show that Mozart acquired his initial musical knowledge from his father and his older sister, Nannerl....   [tags: Music History]
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Our Mental Health is Based on Emotions, Moods, and Reactions - ... Every time you listen to some special music, which remains you “old times” you can start crying or laughing. At most, if it will happens accidentally. Or when you have read the book about someone’s hard life – you understood how miserable your problems are. Art can influence not only mood, it may of change our lives. We became stronger and stronger. Live with art is self-education; it’s injection to another world. Because life without art it’s only black and white colors. In my research I would like to specialize on influence of music....   [tags: attitude, music, inspiration] 808 words
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